EuroVelo 9 is part of the European network of long-distance cycling routes. It links the Baltic coast in Poland with the Adriatic Sea in Croatia, covering 1,930 km. It runs straight through the heart of Central and Eastern Europe: travelling right across Poland from Gdansk, then through the Czech Republic, Austria and Slovenia, all the way to Pula in Croatia. Here we introduce the completed section from Breclav in the Czech Republic to Maribor in Slovenia: a tour of pure indulgence through wine regions, and connecting thermal spas, through the city of Vienna and the state of Styria until finally reaching Maribor in Slovenia.
Between Vienna and Bad Radkersburg, for example, EuroVelo 9 runs exclusively along existing cycle trails, following the route of the Thermal Spa Cycle Trail. It is probably one of the most awe-inspiring cycling trails in Austria. From the small city of Breclav we ride through the Weinviertel in Lower Austria until we come to Vienna ‒ this section, incidentally, is called the Vienna-Breclav Cycle Route. Then it’s on through the Vienna Woods and the Viennese Alps towards Styria, which we reach in Mönichwald in the Wechsel mountain area.
On this section, we follow the Thermal Spa Cycle Trail, as we do in Styria until Bad Radkersburg. Passing the border between Lower Austria and Styria, we continue through East Styria over a few small ridges and hills, past famous spa towns such as Bad Waltersdorf, Bad Blumau and Loipersdorf, and through the Thermen- und Vulkanland (“Thermal Spa and Volcano Region”) until we come to the river Mur at Bad Radkersburg. Tired calves are soon soothed at the Parktherme health spa! From here, we continue for a while on the River Mur Cycle Trail until arriving in Spielfeld/Sentilj, where we turn south towards Slovenia and cover the final leg to Maribor, voted European Capital of Culture in 2013.
In addition to the numerous cultural attractions that we will encounter along the way, this cycle trail is a real journey through gastronomic paradise: wine specialities at traditional inns and wine taverns, the famous pumpkin seed oil, Sturm (fermented grape juice) and chestnuts in autumn and much more are all waiting to be sampled. And to rest our weary legs, we can look forward to the restorative waters of the local spas and their hot springs.
The climb to Mönichkirchen in Lower Austria requires a good level of fitness. Taxi- und Reisedienst Andreas Graf from Mönichkirchen offers transfers (tel. +43 2649 319 or mobile +43 664 155 38 88). A tip for the return journey: RailJet from Graz to Breclav offers a quick and comfortable return leg; for more information, please call +43 5 1717!
Rest stopsKellergasse Wolkersdorf
Emergency assistance number: 144
Tips when reporting an emergency – Answer these six WH questions: What happened? How many people are injured? Where did the accident happen (are there GPS coordinates)? Who is reporting the incident (callback number)? When did the accident happen? What is the weather like at the site of the incident?
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The EuroVelo9 in Austria:
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Returning from Maribor via Graz and Vienna to Breclav: By ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways); more information is available at www.oebb.at
From Vienna, take the Nordautobahn A5 and the E461 to Breclav.
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Touring bikes or city bikes are recommended rather than racing bikes, as some short sections run on gravel. However, these can be bypassed on federal roads. Tip: It never hurts to ensure you have a basic tool kit with you, containing a replacement hose and/or repair kit, a spanner, air pump, brake and gear cable and a screwdriver.
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